After failing to leave the bench in the previous five games, Wagner was able to pick up some minutes with both Kyle Kuzma (back) and LeBron James (groin) unavailable in addition to the Lakers falling behind big early. The rookie first-round pick wasn't particularly efficient during his time on the court and could be ousted from the rotation if Monday's game in Dallas proves more competitive and Kuzma is back in action.
Wagner had five points (2-4 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and three rebounds in seven minutes during Saturday's 128-100 win over the Hornets.
Wagner made his sixth appearance of the season, as the blowout nature of the game allowed coach Luke Walton to clear his bench. Back in the offseason there was a tiny sliver of hope that Wagner could potentially earn a small role right away as a rookie thanks to his shooting ability, but the acquisition of veteran center Tyson Chandler has pushed Ivica Zubac and Wagner into irrelevance.
Wagner posted 21 points (9-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 0-1 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and a blocked shot in the win Wednesday over the Legends.
Wagner was a force in just about every capacity Wednesday, acting as a facilitator and scorer in just 28 minutes of play. The 21-year-old rookie is averaging 18.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 11 games this season.
Wagner will be active for Wednesday's game against the Mavs, Tania Ganguli of the LA Times reports.
Wagner has been held out of action, to date, while working back from a knee injury, but he'll be an option off the bench for the first time Wednesday. Given the Lakers' extreme lack of capable depth at center, it wouldn't be a shock if Wagner sees some minutes, but he's highly unlikely to be fantasy-relevant in the near future.
Wagner progressed to full contact 5-on-5 last week, so his recovery seems to be going well. It's not clear when exactly he'll be ready for game action, but he may end up seeing the court in the G-League first.
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